Far or Near

Far or near the dead
will not be denied. Voices
come and go as I
try to concentrate.
We share the universal
impermanence. Far
or near, Tu Fu
or a shrill drifting gull
completes my sentence.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at tom.develyn@comcast.net. D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

One thought on “Far or Near”

  1. lovely assonances and syncopated rhythms. THe universal impermanence emerges as scuh and not as merely homogeneous flux that is reduced to indifference as we see the gull completing the poet’s stentence, the suave movemetn of art that takes part in that which gives all as gift.


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